About time for an update! So now, post-field trip and with all classes done, I'm now left to it to work on my summer research project for my MSc. Do you like river deltas? Are you interested in the influence of tides on controlling sandstone quality for oil reservoirs? No? Oh ok...enough of that then...
But yeah that'll keep me busy in the day time as it's better for me to make sure I walk into university else I'll get far less done that if I stay in my room.
In July I will likely attend the MCM Manchester Comic Con. Unless it's boiling weather. Any other UK guys/gals here going?
Then in October I'm definitely going to the Play Expo video games convention at the Trafford Centre. Last year was brilliant and I wish I'd brought a better camera! I have also made the decision to put together an outfit of one of the variants of Founder soldier from BioShock Infinite.
I even drew a picture!
Because who doesn't want to be an ultra national xenophobe?...Err...don't answer that. The baddies always get the best outfits. The basis will be an RAF dress tunic with gold ribbon added. I will also get another plastic brodie helmet, like my WW2 airsoft one, to spray paint grey.
For the weapon I'm thinking of building the Rolston Reciprocating Repeater aka the SMG. I'm unfolding the model now but am going to have to think about how to strengthen it for a reasonable amount of handling. I don't want to/can't go down the resin+fibreglass route and kinda want to keep the printed textures. At the moment I'm eyeing up 250gsm paper, internal reinforcement surfaces, plus a sealant spray. The model is modular and each closed bit could be slush coated on the insides with polyurethane. However I'm not making a cast like armour makers do; I'm just adding a supporting plastic interior wall in theory. To prop crafters with more experience than me, is that a feasible idea? Plenty of time to go anyway so I'm going to experiment and seek out ideas first. If all else fails, maybe the smaller Mauser pistol would be more achievable.
This thing is like a pumped up MP18 or Lanchester, which are awesome real life guns that looks like something right out of the dieselpunk genre in the first place.Update: 13/7/14
I've begun making a test but hmm the scale is simultaneously too small and too big. My hand (and I've not got small hands) can reasonably grip the stock and trigger but it's a strained grip. Yet the stock itself is too short for my arms, and the front barrel heat sink will be massive. The stability of the modular parts isn't good either. I think I might shelve this project and focus on some other things instead.
Ocarina of Time for the 3DS is now rippable, so this has some immense implications for crafting.Update: 18/7/14
Maybe I was too hasty. After all I have until October. I will test some more parts and rework the 3D a bit in the meantime.